2000 Chardonnay


Palate

Apple, melon, toasty oak and vanilla with a creamy, citrus finish.

Aromas

Pear, tropical fruit and almond.

Food Pairings

Rich fish such as salmon, or earthy foods like risotto with mushrooms and roast chicken with polenta.

Vineyard

Hardscrabble Vineyard (78%), Fauquier County, on top of the Blue Ridge at an elevation of 1,300 feet on a south and east slope. Deep, well-drained, greenstone based soils of volcanic origin. Vine age is between 11 and 16 years. Contributes pear aromas and a crisp citrus finish. Glen Manor Vineyard (22%), Warren County, on the west side of the Blue Ridge at 1,100 feet. Soils are deep and well-drained giving the wine richness. Vines were 4 to 6 years old at harvest.

Winemaking

100% barrel fermented in 95% French oak and 5% American oak barrels using Burgundian yeasts. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged on the lees in the barrel for 10 months. This wine will age wonderfully for many years. 224 cases produced.